Membership has benefits...

Why I SME highlights exactly that: why our members choose SME as their go-to professional resource for the mining and metals industry. Each month, we’re going to ask one of our members that question: Why do you choose SME? This month, our featured member is David Bieber. Learn more about Bieber’s professional background and why he has found value in his membership with SME.

David Bieber

"My membership and active participation in SME led to my first full time position in the mining industry, and subsequently led to my current position. Membership continues to benefit me through the professional contacts that I have made and the information I acquire."

  1. Give us your background in the industry. What led you to pursue your profession?
My dad worked as a mining geologist/engineer among his many positions, and we had several very close family friends who were mining geologists. However, I started my professional career in oil and gas exploration, moved into geotechnical consulting, then moved into environmental consulting, then into construction project management, then back to environmental and geotechnical consulting work, which led to consulting for mining companies, primarily in the aggregate industry, and ultimately to my going to work for Martin Marietta Materials, my current employer.
 
  1. What led you to join SME?
My dad stressed the importance of being actively involved in one’s profession, so I have always been active in the professional associates that focused on the areas I worked in. When I became involved with mining, SME stood out as the society that best aligned with my overall interests and professional attitudes.
 
  1. How long have you been a member?
I joined SME in late 2012/early 2013, though I had been aware of SME for a while before that.
 
  1. What do you like most about the industry?
The thing I like best about the industry is the people. The men and women who work in the mines and those who support them are some of the nicest, hardest working, and most generally good people I have had the pleasure of working with. Even though we come from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, etc., there is a common thread of civility and mutual respect that is refreshing in today’s society.
 
  1. What do you find most challenging about your job?
On the positive side, the diversity of tasks/issues that I get to/have to deal with, which is also one of the most rewarding challenges. On the negative side, the misperceptions regarding modern mining and those of us who work in the industry that pervades society.
 
  1. What do you find most rewarding?
The diversity of tasks/issues that I get to/have to deal with.
 
  1. When was a time during your SME membership that you felt was enhanced your career in some way?
My membership and active participation in SME led to my first full time position in the mining industry, and subsequently led to my current position. Membership continues to benefit me through the professional contacts that I have made and the information I acquire.
 
  1. Favorite benefits of SME?
My favorite benefits are my Section meetings and the Annual meeting.
 
  1. What would tell your younger self about the industry or your career path that you know now?
Get involved sooner, especially on the producer side. I can honestly say that I have overall enjoyed being a part of a mining company more than my previous positions.
 
  1. Who has been someone that has been key in shaping your career and why?
My dad for too many reasons to list, but especially because he emphasized being a generalist who understood the pieces and how they fit together. That seems to be a far rarer skill set than the various specialties that go into mining.
 
  1. Where do you think the industry will take you in the next decade?
Hopefully into retirement! However, one retired, I would like to focus my time and talent on changing the paradigm of reclamation such that reclamation becomes a value proposition and the reclaimed site ultimately becomes an asset in and of itself.

David Bieber

"My membership and active participation in SME led to my first full time position in the mining industry, and subsequently led to my current position. Membership continues to benefit me through the professional contacts that I have made and the information I acquire."

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  1. Give us your background in the industry. What led you to pursue your profession?
My dad worked as a mining geologist/engineer among his many positions, and we had several very close family friends who were mining geologists. However, I started my professional career in oil and gas exploration, moved into geotechnical consulting, then moved into environmental consulting, then into construction project management, then back to environmental and geotechnical consulting work, which led to consulting for mining companies, primarily in the aggregate industry, and ultimately to my going to work for Martin Marietta Materials, my current employer.
 
  1. What led you to join SME?
My dad stressed the importance of being actively involved in one’s profession, so I have always been active in the professional associates that focused on the areas I worked in. When I became involved with mining, SME stood out as the society that best aligned with my overall interests and professional attitudes.
 
  1. How long have you been a member?
I joined SME in late 2012/early 2013, though I had been aware of SME for a while before that.
 
  1. What do you like most about the industry?
The thing I like best about the industry is the people. The men and women who work in the mines and those who support them are some of the nicest, hardest working, and most generally good people I have had the pleasure of working with. Even though we come from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, etc., there is a common thread of civility and mutual respect that is refreshing in today’s society.
 
  1. What do you find most challenging about your job?
On the positive side, the diversity of tasks/issues that I get to/have to deal with, which is also one of the most rewarding challenges. On the negative side, the misperceptions regarding modern mining and those of us who work in the industry that pervades society.
 
  1. What do you find most rewarding?
The diversity of tasks/issues that I get to/have to deal with.
 
  1. When was a time during your SME membership that you felt was enhanced your career in some way?
My membership and active participation in SME led to my first full time position in the mining industry, and subsequently led to my current position. Membership continues to benefit me through the professional contacts that I have made and the information I acquire.
 
  1. Favorite benefits of SME?
My favorite benefits are my Section meetings and the Annual meeting.
 
  1. What would tell your younger self about the industry or your career path that you know now?
Get involved sooner, especially on the producer side. I can honestly say that I have overall enjoyed being a part of a mining company more than my previous positions.
 
  1. Who has been someone that has been key in shaping your career and why?
My dad for too many reasons to list, but especially because he emphasized being a generalist who understood the pieces and how they fit together. That seems to be a far rarer skill set than the various specialties that go into mining.
 
  1. Where do you think the industry will take you in the next decade?
Hopefully into retirement! However, one retired, I would like to focus my time and talent on changing the paradigm of reclamation such that reclamation becomes a value proposition and the reclaimed site ultimately becomes an asset in and of itself.

SME Member

Mining Engineering Professor

Colorado School of Mines

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SME Member

Mining Engineering Professor

Colorado School of Mines

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